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Florida man shot and killed by stray bullet from neighbor’s backyard gun range

Posted by on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:47 AM
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By Arturo Garcia
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 23:56 EST
Florida man shot and killed by stray bullet from neighbor [WKMG-TV]
 
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Authorities in Volusia County, Florida, are investigating whether a 69-year-old man’s death on Wednesday was the result of reckless shooting from a nearby resident’s backyard gun range.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported that Bruce Fleming was standing in his own backyard when he was hit in the chest by a gunshot. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Both his home and the home from which the shot emanated are located outside of any incorporated city limits, meaning state law takes precedent in the investigation into Fleming’s death. Florida law does allow homeowners to use firearms in their own backyards, as long as is not done “negligently or recklessly.”

“It’s pretty clear that it was negligent, for shooting obviously out the backyard,” a family spokesperson, Robert Reynolds, told WKMG-TV. “There’s houses everywhere.”

Local authorities are reportedly forwarding the results of their investigation to the state attorney’s office to determined if the unidentified shooter will be charged in connection with Fleming’s death.


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/12/25/florida-man-shot-and-killed-by-stray-bullet-from-neighbors-backyard-gun-range/

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acrogodess
by Silver Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:48 AM
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That poor man and his family.
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:49 AM

If you go to the link to the original story, there is a video that has more information.

The video is not in a format I know how to upload on CM.

sha_lyn68
by Bronze Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 3:57 AM
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Seriously, you need to get over your obsession with trying to paint a negative picture of all gun owners. Go get laid or pick up a new hobby.

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Dec. 26, 2013 at 4:03 AM
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Quoting sha_lyn68:

Seriously, you need to get over your obsession with trying to paint a negative picture of all gun owners. Go get laid or pick up a new hobby.

OoOh, i like bosSy. wiLL yOu briNg sOme luBe?

sha_lyn68
by Bronze Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 4:03 AM
yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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 You need to edit your title question.

DELTONA - A 69-year-old man was in his backyard Christmas morning when he was shot in the chest and killed, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

While initial reports stated that witnesses told deputies a stray bullet may have come from a nearby shooting range with a raised berm, recently built by a neighbor, officials don't believe the bullet came from that property, sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said late Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on everything we know thus far, it appears the shooting was accidental," Davidson said.

Davidson said the bullet that killed Bruce Fleming, who was standing in the backyard of his Cadehill Drive home, came from the northeast.

It was not immediately clear where the property with the berm was located in relation to Fleming's home.

The Sheriff's Office was notified of the shooting shortly after 10 a.m. Fleming was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City where he was pronounced dead, Davidson said. Fleming's wife, son and grandson were at the home when the 69-year-old was shot.

Early Wednesday afternoon, deputies were interviewing a man who may have fired the fatal shot.

With both Fleming's property and the property deputies believe the bullet came from located just outside Deltona's city limits, Davidson said state law will be the controlling factor in the investigation.

Florida law states a person may discharge a firearm in their backyard, so long as it isn't done negligently or recklessly, since a backyard doesn't fall under Florida's definition of a public place.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:37 AM

That poor family.  Having a firing range in one's back yard may be legal but certainly not the smartest thing to have if other homes are nearby.

Aestas
by Gold Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM
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Another day, another needless tragedy. But surely all the other gun owners (besides whoever shot this guy) are totally responsible, and even if they're not, it doesn't matter because our God-given right to run around with pistols and assault rifles is way more important than somebody's grandpa. Anyway, the solution to this whole mess is obviously more guns, because if everyone can shoot each other, we'll all be much safer. Obviously.

Farmlady09
by Silver Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM
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I agree with sha_lyn, get over it already. Bad things happen, but your obsessive fear of guns is not healthy. If you are truly that afraid of people owning them, you should either seek out a good therapist, buy one of your own and learn to use it (most fear stems from the unknown), or move to any of a number of countries that don't allow anyone but the government ... and criminals ... to own them.

The second amendment was put into our Constitution for a reason. Perhaps you don't see any need or reason to protect our freedoms and rights from a tyranical government, but most sane, rational people do. If you don't care about your rights and freedom, that's fine, but you have NO right to tell other people they must bend over and submit to cater to your phobia.

There are a great many things in our lives that are dangerous, and quite a few that are deadly. Deal with it.

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Dec. 26, 2013 at 9:58 AM
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"Backyard gun range" is a problem. And if it didn't come from his neighbor's yard, it came from SOMEONE'S yard. The bullet didn't just show up out of nowhere.

My DH and I decided to run a woods trail one morning, but high-tailed it out of there when we heard gunshots. What bullshit that you can't even enjoy the outdoors without threat of getting killed by gunfire. WTF?

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